A new study has discovered that men with a low resting heart rate have high tendencies to display anti-social behaviour and practices like stalking. Stalking is a downright creepy and offensive practice, irrespective of gender, race and/or religion. In many countries, it is also a punishable crime. The results of the study revealed that men whose heart rate was one standard deviation below the mean or lower had nearly three times the odds of having engaged in stalking as compared with all other participants, suggesting that low resting heart rate is associated with increased prevalence of stalking behaviour. Based on arousal theory, those with low levels of arousal are less fearful, more likely to seek opportunities to pursue victims to feel stimulated, and are more likely to exhibit impulsive behaviours, the researchers said. “Our findings suggest that while heart rate is generally found to be associated with aggression and anti-social behaviour across the sexes, these associations may be sex specific when discussing stalking perpetration,” said Danielle Boisvert from Sam Houston State University in Texas, US. Stalking has previously been associated with violence and aggression and is an unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group towards another person. Its victims have often faced significant psychological, social and economic effects. When disaggregated by sex, the heart rate-stalking relationship was found to be significant for males, but not for females, the researchers said, in the paper detailed in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. According to the American Heart Association, a normal heart rate is between 60 (beats per minute) and 100 (BPM). But a heart rate of less than 60 BPM in adults is called bradycardia. Physically active adults and athletes often have a resting heart rate slower than 60 BPM but it doesn’t cause problems and is normal for them.
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