Semi Restraining System, TaskForcer
Spend less time training with the faster, simpler tool for operant behavior conditioning
- Body-restraining system keeps subjects focused solely on
- Unique spout-lever combines operant task and reward
- Modular design allows for easy, custom, reproducible results
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4 Steps to Customize your Research Animal Training Equipment
- Choose your stimulus.
Whether the cue you need is sound, light, odor, visual… we’ve got you covered.
- Choose your reward.
Our programmable supply unit dispenses a consistent shot of water or liquid solution.
- Choose your detection method.
There’s licking detection. A lever unit. And our unique spout-lever which combines the operandum and reward in the same device.
- Choose your output and software.
Interfaces, output boxes (in both 8- and 16-channel), and our flexible Task Studio software provide all the options you need.
Train research animals faster – in as little as 3 days
TaskForcer employs a unique body-supporting cylinder that keeps rodents comfortably cradled and gently restrained. Not only are they more relaxed and more focused on the task at hand (with facial and forepaw freedom to perform operations), but since they’re less distracted, research animals can be trained faster, too—often in as little as 3 days.
Customize your animal training equipment
Don’t waste your time designing custom apparatus—or waiting for your fabrication shop to try to build it. With Amuza’s TaskForcer, everything you need is right here. We offer a full suite of components that easily assemble into the custom configuration you need: Everything from water-dispensing pumps to a wide variety of stimulation units to interfaces, multichannel output boxes, and our easy-to-configure Task Studio software.
Adjustable base mount
Precise control of X, Y, and Z axes
Use as much, or as little, as you need
With our full line of products and accessories, you can certainly start from scratch. But you don’t have to. If you have, a type of skull plate or sound generator you prefer, it will work with TaskForcer. So you get the best of everything: A custom solution and the flexibility of maximizing your existing equipment.
The TaskForcer Story
His breakthrough was a body-supporting cylinder to calm rats and help them focus on the task while leaving their forelimbs free to move. He also developed methods to habituate rats to the system. The resulting high-throughput training structure was the foundation of the TaskForcer made by O’Hara.
Software that’s supported by us – to let you focus on your discoveries
You want to collect, analyze, and disseminate data—not provide software support! With our proven Task Studio software, simply assemble your trial with flowchart-like simplicity, and configure your triggers and executors with checklist-like ease. And if other researchers want to reproduce your findings, simply direct them to use Task Studio, too. This will save you from the headaches of “free software support” that you’d never intended to offer.
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Recent Blog Articles
Tanaka and colleagues in Dr. Matsuzaki’s lab at the University of Tokyo have been researching the role of thalamocortical axonal activity in motor learning using the TaskForcer.
Upon my return back to Tokyo, I had one final visit with Dr. Isomura at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He originally developed the TaskForcer for rats with O’Hara over 8 years ago!
Matsuzaki .et all are investigating the role of primary & secondary motor cortices in information processing during self-initiated vs externally triggered movements.
TaskForcer is made by O’Hara & Co., Ltd. in Japan. Amuza Inc. is the exclusive U.S. distributor of TaskForcer.