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"Hotspots" refer to memories of detailed moments of peak emotional distress during a traumatic event. This study investigates hotspot frequency, and the emotions and cognitions contained in hotspots of memory for trauma, to replicate a previous study in this area (Holmes, Grey, & Young, 2005). Participants were patients receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a specialist outpatient clinic after experiencing a range of traumatic events. The main finding was that, after fear, the most common emotions reported were anger and sadness. Cognitions related to psychological threat to the self were more common than those related to physical threat.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/09658210802266446

Type

Journal article

Journal

Memory

Publication Date

10/2008

Volume

16

Pages

788 - 796

Keywords

Adult, Cognition, Emotions, Female, Humans, Life Change Events, Male, Mental Recall, Middle Aged, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic, Trauma Centers