Another local lockdown, another outbreak of shoppers stockpiling. Fortunately supply chains are now prepared.
During the early stages of the pandemic, people adapted to changing situations by making new and different choices. But how did they make these decisions? Motivation theory can explain the process.
The pandemic has put a spotlight on a once little-discussed disorder – hoarding. But hoarding disorder is not what you might think.
Transparency should be the default position of governments – unless fear itself is the greatest risk.
Irrational behaviour during difficult circumstances is rooted in deeper cognitive and evolutionary psychological mechanisms. Many reflect what are called emergency decision and purchasing contexts.
New data from the ABS shows how people adjusted their consumption patterns and behaviours during the early COVID-19 restrictions — and how some lifestyle changes have remained since then.
Melbourne's return to stage 3 restrictions has precipitated another round of grocery stockpiling. But supermarket shelves won't be empty as long as last time.
What motivates people to panic buy and stockpile goods like toilet paper? The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the chance to find out.
After the brief shock of food insecurity in the form of empty supermarket shelves, we might start thinking about having a Plan B and C based on local food sources and shorter supply chains.
A new survey shows younger Australians are more worried than older people about the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most people are following the social distancing rules and staying home.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is lightening up on its normal competition rules and allowing competitors to cooperate.
Gullibility, cynicism, pride, closed mindedness, negligence and wishful thinking. If you can use any of these to describe your reasoning, it's likely you're committing a sin of thought.
Psychological research suggests several ways in which socially-responsible behaviour might be encouraged.
One positive thing coming out of pandemic-related self-isolation could be that people will spend more time in their kitchens, a place where fewer Canadians have ventured in recent years.
It's hard to get societies based on individualism to act in the collective good. That's why you can't find any toilet paper.
As the prime minister's move to lockdown has shown, people could not be trusted to act responsibly for the greater good.
With people panic buying and supermarket shelves empty, the country's ability to feed itself is being tested.
Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's a great time to learn how to ferment foods. And don't turn your nose up at frozen veggies - they can be just as nutritious as some of the fresh produce in shops.
Apart from their functional purpose, products can also impact how we feel, both about ourselves and our situation.