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COVID-19: Why hoarding supplies is human nature, according to a psychologist

People all across the world rushed to stock up on supplies as the pandemic worsened. Image: REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

Stephanie Preston

Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

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Knowing the cupboards aren’t bare can be comforting Image: Brian Hagiwara/The Image Bank via Getty Images
A Clark’s nutcracker stocking up on seeds isn’t so different from a human being stocking up on noodles. Image: Joe McDonald/The Image Bank via Getty Images
Parts of the brain just behind your forehead are involved in these stockpiling behaviors. Image: Dorling Kindersley via Getty Images

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