Autobiography is about long-term memory
Memory researchers make a fundamental distinction between short-term memory (which I use when I play cards) and long-term memory. The genre of memoir and autobiography, however, is almost exclusively about long-term memory, so I will not deal further with short-term memory.
Explicit vs implicit memory
More interesting for autobiography is the distinction between explicit versus implicit memory. Explicit (declarative) memory is the conscious recollection of ideas, concepts, facts, information, and experiences from the past, i.e., all memories that can be put into language and written down, for example in the format of a memoir.
In this project, I’m primarily dealing with explicit memories (see the columns to the right).
Implicit memory, on the other hand, is unconscious; usually in the form of procedural memory, which helps us perform tasks without our being aware of doing it (a typical example is my bodily memory of how to bike, or write on a keyboard).
In this project, I’m dealing with implicit memories under the heading → ‘Habitus‘.