A woman called a. j. was able to remember what happened on each day of her life. She described her memories as happening automatically and not being under conscious control. When given a date, she would relate personal experiences that occurred on that day, accurately checked against a diary of daily events that she kept. Exceptional memory for personal experiences, autobiographical memory. Autobiographical memory: what has happened in my life. Autobiographical memory (am), recollected events that belong to a person s past. Memories of recent events are dominated by episodic memory, memories for more distant events become more semantic. Patients who lost their ability to recognize objects or visualize objects due to damage to visual areas of the cortex also experienced a loss of am. May occur because visual stimuli was not available to serve as retrieval cues for memories. But even memories not based on visual information are lost in these patients.