Female singers who sing about a love for a group of female fans may have a better chance of making them feel welcome than their male counterparts, according to a new study.
The research, led by Dr. Liliya Gudkov, a social psychologist at the University of New South Wales, compared the performance of female singers and male singers playing the same song.
The researchers found that female singers appeared to be more comfortable playing the song than male singers, with more positive affect.
The study also found that the ability of female musicians to mask their emotions was significantly higher than that of male musicians.
“There are many instances where men mask their emotion when performing their songs, but women don’t,” Gudov told Reuters Health.
“In other words, women have an advantage in performing the song as well as men, but they have a disadvantage when it comes to masking their emotions.”
The study, published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, is one of the first to look at how vocalists might feel at the onset of a song.
It focused on a song called “The Man” by two K-pop singers, Sunny and Sunny, whose songs have been popular for nearly a decade.
Gudkov said the team wanted to find out if male and female vocalists who are vocal in their own right felt the same way about performing their song, or whether they might have different motivations for singing about different groups of women.
“It could be that there is a difference between the way male and male vocalists are comfortable with performing the same songs,” she said.
“For example, men may not feel that they can perform as well at the start because they are singing a particular song.”
Gudov’s team took the participants into a room where they played their songs for 30 minutes.
The songs included “Hate” by Miley Cyrus, “The Boy Next Door” by The Weeknd and “I Am a Dog” by the group Pink.
They also played a video game that had the female characters wearing masks to simulate being in the group’s dressing room.
The researchers asked the participants to rate their overall emotional response to each song, and their perceived comfort with performing it.
They also asked them to rate how comfortable they felt with being in a group with a female singer.
The participants were then asked to read a list of seven songs that they felt were the most popular among their own gender, and to rate each song by whether they liked it or disliked it.
The women singers performed better than the men on each of the seven songs.
The researchers say the group of females also had a higher rate of positive affect than the group with men in the song group.
The results indicate that, “women are able to feel more comfortable than men when performing the songs as well,” Gadov said.
The authors also found the song groups with the most positive affect were the ones that were the “most emotionally involved” in the songs.
The team plans to further examine how women and men relate to the song by performing similar studies in a larger sample.