John A. Swets

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John Arthur Swets
Born 1928
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Fields Psychology
Institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BBN Technologies
Known for Signal detection theory
Receiver Operating Characteristic
Notable awards Howard Crosby Warren Medal (1985), with David M. Green
APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (1990)

John A. Swets (born 1928) is a psychologist. He has played a key role in adaptation of signal detection theory to first the psychology of perception[1][2] and later as a central tool in medical diagnostics.[3]


  1. ^ Swets,J.A. (1964) Signal detection and recognition by human observers. Contemporary readings. Wiley, New York.
  2. ^ Green,D.M. & Swets, J. A. (1966) Signal detection theory and psychophysics. Wiley, New York.
  3. ^ Swets,J.A. (1996) Signal detection theory and ROC analysis in psychology and diagnostics. Collected papers. Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Further reading[edit]

  • John A. Swets: Tulips to Thresholds. Peninsula Publishing, Los Altos Hills, California. 2010.