Resting heart rate and psychopathy revisited: Findings from the Add Health survey

Citation

Kavish, Nicholas; Fu, Q. John; Vaughn, Michael G.; Qian, Zhengmin; & Boutwell, Brian B. (2018). Resting heart rate and psychopathy revisited: Findings from the Add Health survey. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. vol. 63 (4) pp. 543-557

Abstract

Despite the prior linkages of low resting heart rate to antisocial behavior broadly defined, less work has been done examining possible associations between heart rate to psychopathic traits. The small body of research on the topic that has been conducted so far seems to suggest an inverse relationship between the two constructs. A smaller number of studies has found the opposite result, however, and some of the previous studies have been limited by small sample sizes and unrepresentative samples. The current study attempts to help clarify the relationship between resting heart rate and psychopathic traits in a large, nationally representative sample (analytical N ranged from 14,173-14,220) using an alternative measure of psychopathic traits that is less focused on antisocial processes, and rooted in personality traits. No significant relationship between heart rate and psychopathic traits, or heart rate and a measure of cold-heartedness, was found. It is possible that previous findings of a link between heart rate and psychopathy have been driven by the inclusion of overt antisocial behavior in many traditional psychopathy measures. Further work is needed to confirm the associations (or lack thereof) between heart rate and the behavioral, affective, and personality trait aspects of psychopathy.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X18806748

Notes

Previously at bioRxiv https://doi.org/10.1101/205005

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Author(s)

Kavish, Nicholas
Fu, Q. John
Vaughn, Michael G.
Qian, Zhengmin
Boutwell, Brian B.

Year Published

2018

Volume Number

63

Issue Number

4

Pages

543-557

Edition

October 19, 2018

DOI

10.1177/0306624X18806748

Reference ID

7390