By use of an insulating material we constructed a strain gauge based sensor to measure isometric forces in parallel with magneto-encephalographic recordings (i.e. without interference). The sensor can be used in different geometries to measure force production in different dimensions. Furthermore, it can easily be adapted or modified for specific experimental applications. Finally, on-line processing of the recorded forces, e.g., for the purpose of feedback, can be realized using standard MEG equipment. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.