Educational, engineering, experimental, evaluation and measurement
1928, Grand Rapids, USA
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 and later as a central tool in medical diagnostics.
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BA University of Michigan, 1950
MA University of Michigan, 1953
PhD University of Michigan, 1954
Appointments & Honors
Chief Scientist, Information Sciences, BBN Laboratories
AAAS, Fellow, 1965, Council, 1985-8
Acoustical Society of America, Fellow, 1959, Executive Council, 1967-70
APA, Fellow, 1967
Regents Professor, University of California, 1969
Howard Crosby Medal, Society of Experimental Psychologists, 1985
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1990
APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, 1990
Editorial Board, Medical Decision Making, 1980-5
1954 A decision-making theory of visual detection. Psychological Review, 61, 401-9 (with W. P. Tanner Jr).
1961 Is there a sensory threshold? Science, 134, 168-77.
1961 Decision processes in perception. Psychological Review, 68, 301-40 (with W. P. Tanner Jr and T. G. Birdsall).
1964 Signal Detection and Recognition by Human Observers. Wiley.
1965 Computer-aided instruction. Science, 572-6 (with W. Feurzeig).
1966 Signal Detection Theory and Psychophysics. Wiley (with D. M. Green).
1973 The relative operating characteristic in psychology. Science, 182, 990-1000.
1974 Psychology and the Handicapped Child. Government Printing Office (with L. L. Elliott).
1979 On the prediction of confusion matrices from similarity judgments. Perception and Psychophysics, 26, 1-19 (with D. J. Getty, J. B. Swets and D. M. Green).
1979 Assessment of diagnostic technologies. Science, 205, 753-9 (with R. M. Pickett, S. F. Whitehead, D. J. Getty, J. A. Schnur, J. B. Swets and B. A. Freeman).
1982 Evaluation of Diagnostic Systems: Methods from Signal Detection Theory. Academic Press (with R. M. Pickett).
1984 Mathematical models of attention. In R. Parasuraman and R. Davies (eds), Varieties of Attention. Academic Press.
1985 Foundations of reasoning: vol. 1. In Odyssey: A Curriculum for Thinking. Mastery Education (with M. J. Adams, J. Buscaglia and M. de Sanchez).
1986 Indices of discrimination or diagnostic accuracy: Their ROCs and implied models. Psychological Bulletin, 99, 100-17.
1986 Form of empirical ROCs in discrimination and diagnostic tasks: Implications for theory and measurement of performance. Psychological Bulletin, 99, L81-98.
1991 Normative decision making. In J. Baron and R. V. Brown (eds), Teaching Decision Making to Adolescents. Erlbaum.