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The HABITEST Modular Behavioral Test System

INTRODUCTION to HABITEST

SOFTWARE

ARENAS

S-R MODULES

RESPONSE SENSORS

ACCESSORIES

PRODUCT QUICK LINKS & LITERATURE


INTRODUCTION

HABITEST is designed to make it possible to implement most behavioral test protocols in a single system of modular test arenas using modular stimulus and response devices. HABITEST applications span the behavioral gamut, including mazes and runways, operant conditioning, spatial activity, ergometry, active and passive avoidance, fear conditioning, place preference, feeding and drinking and many more.
With HABITEST you can create an endless variety of test environments - from simple mazes to complex, multi-compartment feeding and drinking, operant, and live/work environments. You’re investment in HABITEST is protected, unlike competitive systems you can instantly and seamlessly reconfigure the system for an endless variety of experimental modalities.
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SOFTWARE

Since it was introduced in 1998, Graphic State Notation® has become the industry standard in high performance state notation software. Our easy-to-master interface requires no programming skills and our pre-built protocols get you up and running in minutes. Newly launched Graphic State IV allows researchers to create interactive behavioral experiment protocols in minutes for standard experiments such as Passive Avoidance, Delayed Match-to-Sample, Self Administration yet is versatile and flexible to also allow the most complex, novel experiment protocols. The system will run up to 16 subjects simultaneously using either the same protocol or up to 16 different ones! An automated protocol check procedure ensures that protocols are complete and will terminate properly. Data analysis is provided in both numeric and graphic format and includes selectable analysis structures for both single subject and group averages. Clients working with competitive systems may also enjoy the ease of use, flexibility and power of Graphic State IV.
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ARENAS

The HABITEST system offers a wide variety of arenas, including Test Cages, Shuttle Cages, Isolation Cubicles, Hubs, Runways, Running Wheels and Nest Boxes. Whatever your application, the HABITEST system has available test cages for mice and other small animals up to rats, pigeons and small primates.
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S-R MODULES

HABITEST stimulus and response modules slip into the tracks of the cages and hubs from the top. Blank module panels are used to space the functional modules to the desired height and to fill the bay. By installing blank panels below modules, they may be
adjusted to any desired height from the floor.
Most of the devices on the modules are confined to the space projected rearward by the face dimensions, thus permitting most modules to occupy any position and be adjacent to most other modules. No module, including a retreat box or runway, will interfere with any other module in any hub owing to the radial array of the module bays.
HABITEST S-R modules include those for Visual Stimuli, Auditory Stimuli, Shockers, Liquid Feeders, Dry Feeders, Olfactory Stimuli and Ergometric Activity.
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RESPONSE SENSORS

The HABITEST system boasts a huge variety of response sensors, including:
Photocell Response Sensors
Fixed Response Levers
Nose Poke Operandum
Rat Push Panel
Retractable Levers
Optical Lickometer
Contact Sensor
IR Ceiling Mount Activity Monitor
Ceiling Chain
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ACCESSORIES

We offer a wide variety of accessories for the Habitest modular system like infusion pumps designed to administer a fluid/drug at a precise, reproducible flow rate. Typical applications include drug testing, flushing catheters, electrolyte therapy, sucrose gradients, etc. We also have Hand Switches, Balance Arms, and Fan Modules for mice and rats.
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PRODUCT QUICK LINKS & LITERATURE

Mouse
Cages / Arenas/Hubs / Mazes / Runways / Visual Stimuli / Auditory Stimuli / Electrical Stimuli (Shockers) / Gustatory Stimuli
Other: Olfactory / Levers / Nose Poke / Lickometer /
Video Cameras / Running Wheels

Rat
Cages / Arenas/Hubs / Mazes / Runways / Visual Stimuli / Auditory Stimuli / Electrical Stimuli (Shockers) / Gustatory Stimuli
Other: Olfactory / Levers / Nose Poke / Lickometer /
Video Cameras / Running Wheels

Accessories : Contact Sensor, Infrared, Ceiling Chain, Switches, Blank Modules, Cables etc.
Click here to download the full Habitest Users Manual
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NOSE POKE LIGHT INTENSITY CONTROLLER (ONE PER NOSE POKE OPERANDUM)
NOSE POKE LIGHT INTENSITY CONTROLLER (ONE PER NOSE POKE OPERANDUM)
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Nose Poke Light Intensity Controller (1 per Nose Poke Operandum) more info
MOUSE NON-SHOCK FLOOR FOR RAT TEST CAGE
MOUSE NON-SHOCK FLOOR FOR RAT TEST CAGE
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A wire mesh Non-Shock floor for the Rat Test Cage (P/N H10-11R-TC) used when Mice are being used in the Rat Test Cage.   Can be  used when protocols do not require  grid floor shock and for contextual changes in the environment.  A floor is not included with the Rat Test Cage. more info
SQUARE HUB - MOUSE - REQUIRES FLOOR
SQUARE HUB - MOUSE - REQUIRES FLOOR
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There are four hub styles in the HABITEST system, a square, a hexagon, an octagon, and a dodecagon. All but the dodecagon are available in two sizes (rat and mice). The dodecagon is available in rat size only. All are built using the same bay tracks (the vertical bars with groves into which the stimulus/response modules slide) as the Modular Test Cage, Shuttle Cage, and Passive Avoidance Cage. Only the height of the bay tracks are vary. The bay tracks used in the Hubs are 75% of the height of the ones used in the Modular Test Cage, Shuttle Cage, and Passive Avoidance Cage.

A shock floor is available for the square, hexagon, and octagon hubs. A non-shock floor is available for all hubs. The hubs are used for a variety of applications including radial arm maze, Y-Maze, T-Maze, etc. The hexagon, octagon, and dodecagon hubs are also used to provide angular stimulus/response module arrays or when a larger array of components is required for complex operant, memory, choice, and other protocols.

The Square Hub measures 4.3 inches in diameter and is 9 inches high (animal working space).
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HEXAGON HUB - MOUSE - REQUIRE FLOOR
HEXAGON HUB - MOUSE - REQUIRE FLOOR
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The Hexagon Hub measures 7.5 inches in diameter and is 9 inches high (animal working space). more info
REPL DROP PAN FOR MOUSE HUBS
REPL DROP PAN FOR MOUSE HUBS
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Extra or replacement drop pans for use with mouse or rat hubs. more info
SQUARE HUB - RAT - REQUIRES FLOOR
SQUARE HUB - RAT - REQUIRES FLOOR
Contact our Behavioral Research Specialists for more information

There are four hub styles in the HABITEST system, a square, a hexagon, an octagon, and a dodecagon. All but the dodecagon are available in two sizes (rat and mice). The dodecagon is available in rat size only. All are built using the same bay tracks (the vertical bars with groves into which the stimulus/response modules slide) as the Modular Test Cage, Shuttle Cage, and Passive Avoidance Cage. Only the height of the bay tracks are vary. The bay tracks used in the Hubs are 75% of the height of the ones used in the Modular Test Cage, Shuttle Cage, and Passive Avoidance Cage.

A shock floor is available for the square, hexagon, and octagon hubs. A non-shock floor is available for all hubs. The hubs are used for a variety of applications including radial arm maze, Y-Maze, T-Maze, etc. The hexagon, octagon, and dodecagon hubs are also used to provide angular stimulus/response module arrays or when a larger array of components is required for complex operant, memory, choice, and other protocols.

The Square Hub measures 4.3 inches in diameter and is 9 inches high (animal working space).
more info
SHOCKABLE RUNNING WHEEL FOR RAT - DROP PAN H10-37R-DP-09W)
SHOCKABLE RUNNING WHEEL FOR RAT - DROP PAN H10-37R-DP-09W)
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The running wheel features a shockable gird floor, a revolution sensing circuit to count turns, and a drag brake on the axle to allow for control of the force necessary to turn the wheel.  The brake is controllable for "on" or "off" by a spare stimulus output of the Habitest Linc.

Revolution counting is accomplished by a magnetic reed switch reporting to a standard response switch input of the Habitest Linc.

The printed circuit board wheel carries the shock stimulus from commutators near the hub to the grid bars around the circumference of the wheel. The girds are the same as all of the rat shock floors in the system.

When the brake control input is operated, the force necessary to run the wheel is increased from approximately 7 grams to approximately 30 grams (at 30 RPM) at the circumference of the wheel.  This force is not an absolute brake to stop the wheel, but represents an effective resistance (in the range of substantial activity) that increases the effort required to turn the wheel.  The resistive (drag) breaking force is generated by feedback from the magnetic interaction of the motor windings of the motor when it is turning.  Resistance is proportional to speed, reaching about 30 grams at 30 RPM.  

The running wheel may be joined to any runway or the H10-37R-LD Coupler (with or without door).  Access to the wheel may be controlled by using a guillotine door at either end of any runway.  The coupler with he lockable door may also control access. If you use either of the couplers, you can connect a rat test cage directly to the wheel and the two will fit in an isolation cubicle.
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CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL
CAGE MOUNT RUNNING WHEEL
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The H10-38R-CMT is a shockable running wheel that can mount directly to the Rat Test Cage.  This design allows behavioral and activity or exercise experiments to be conducted in the same testing environment without sacrificing living space like running wheels that are mounted inside the cage.  The entrance to the wheel (7.3 diameter) will accommodate tethered subjects.  An optional Manual Guillotine Door is available to restrict access to and from the running wheel.



Unlike running wheels that mount on an angle to fit inside a cage, this running wheel is free turning without any addition force required to run in the wheel.  However, a motor is connected to the hub of the running wheel that serves both as the drive axle to the running wheel and a break so that an adjustable friction can be applied, changing the amount of energy that must be exerted to run in the wheel for applications where additional force is required..  



Two quick connect tabs are accessible on the rear of the running wheel for providing shock capabilities.  Shock can be provided by any of the H13-XX series shockers along with the appropriate shock cable.



A reed switch is used to provide a switch output that can be taken into the Habitest system for monitoring revolutions.  An additional switch input can be added for easy integration into the ACTIMETRICS Clocklab system for running circadian biology experiments separately or in conjunction with other behavioral experiments.



A second version of this running wheel is available with an opening that will allow the runway to be inserted into the Rat Test Cage or any Rat Hub.
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SINGLE HIGH BRIGHT CUE - MOUSE
SINGLE HIGH BRIGHT CUE - MOUSE
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The High-Bright Cue has an incandescent bulb that produces white light. It is used where the extra brightness is required to make subject attention more probable. more info
BRIGHT CEILING MOUNT LIGHT
BRIGHT CEILING MOUNT LIGHT
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This device mounts on top of the cage and shines down into the work area. It has a very bright light and may be used as a mildly aversive avoidance stimulus. It is recommended for passive avoidance studies. more info