Touch Panel Operant System
More Data Everyday
Provoke audio-cue-based responses from the mice in exchange for a reward using the Touch Panel Operant System. Reliably acquire more data due to the combination of the Touch Panel Operant Chamber’s IR sensor touch panel, palatable pellets, and unique trapezoidal shape.
More Focus and Responses
Keep the mice focused without downtime by using the chamber’s highly palatable pellets which take roughly 1 second to consume. Due to this, you can prevent the mice from forgetting about the task while they claim their reward. The combination of the pellets and unique trapezoidal shape allow you to count up to 120 responses per hour!
Every Touch Counts
Obtain complete data with our IR sensor touch panel. Rely on the panel’s IR sensors, located top right and top left of the panel, to record even the smallest touch from the mice.
In Vivo Neurophysiology Compatibility
Integrate free-moving technology during your operant conditioning and monitor neuronal activity in real time. Your ability to obtain 120 responses per hour leads to an increase in recorded neuronal activity data you would otherwise be unable to obtain.
While monitoring neuronal activity, you can provide your mice freedom within the chamber using Amuza’s wireless optogenetics headstage. Amuza’s wireless optogenetics system uses optic probes to bring the LED to the desired brain region while keeping the electronics outside.
Configure your Ideal Conditions
Create your ideal operant behavior testing conditions using our included Operant TaskStudio Software. No programming knowledge is required. You can create your conditions simply by dragging icons into the workspace and assigning them properties.
Operant TaskStudio comes as a bundle of two software programs: The Trial Builder for designing your tasks, and Trial Executor for executing tasks.
See the Touch Panel Operant System in action.
Ayabe, T., Ohya, R., & Ano, Y. (2020). β-lactolin, a whey-derived glycine―threonine―tryptophan―tyrosine lactotetrapeptide, improves prefrontal cortex-associated reversal learning in mice. Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry, 84(5), 1039-1046.
Ayabe, T., Ohya, R., & Ano, Y. (2019). Hop-Derived Iso-α-Acids in Beer Improve Visual Discrimination and Reversal Learning in Mice as Assessed by a Touch Panel Operant System. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 67.
Parts and Accessories
Response speed: 10 msec (100 point/sec)
Interface: USB 1.1 or more
Power: 5V USB bus power (around 1.5W)
Accessory: sensitivity adjustment driver
Size – touch surface: 335 (W) x 255 (H) mm
Size – whole: 356 (W) x 310 (D) x 8 (t) mm
Both visual discrimination (VD) and reversal learning (RL) in neurological studies are very important to study animals’ cognitive abilities.
What is unique about our chambers is that they contain infrared sensors located at the top of the touchscreen itself that improve the accuracy of touch responses from small rodents.
Experimental outcomes can be influenced by a variety of factors, some of which can be controlled for. Minimizing confounding factors is crucial to gathering reliable and repeatable results.
If you are new to behavioral neuroscience, choosing the right behavioral test for your experiment can be a challenging task. Luckily our touch panel operant conditioning chambers are extremely flexible.
In this post, we describe four common tasks you can use with your operant training chambers, and what exactly they measure. These tasks are easy to program with our Touch Panel chambers.
Using our Teleopto Wireless Optogenetics system in combination with the Touch Panel, you can manipulate neuronal activity in real-time as animals undergo operant training.
Dr. Watanabe is interested in understanding the role of the secondary Motor Cortex in motor planning. He measures the licking response.