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Table 1 Selected rounds from two experimental sessions where the same image is described

From: When three’s a crowd: how relational structure and social history shape organizational codes in triads

Acyclic, transparent communication in a group consisting of friends:
Round: 6
i->k
Time: 65 seconds
Mistake count: 2
S: Okay… I don’t think I can describe this. (Not audible). This also has a rhombus. It’s  as if the person is standing, turned to the side and posing. Errr, how to..? Like a  rhombus, the bottom part is like a triangle but it’s like a rocket going up. Think  about it like that. Straight up. Imagine that beneath the square a parallel line is  going up like a rocket. (Laughter)
R: Gah! I can’t find it. Does it have, like, a hunched back?
S: No, no hunch. Imagine a rocket. When you look at it, it’s more like a rocket than a  person.
R: The bottom part… Is it the upper body that’s a triangle?
S: Yes, the upper body is a triangle but the lower part…
R: Ok, got it.
S: Okay.
Round: 11
i->k
Time: 17 seconds
Mistake count: 1
S: Right, I’m starting. Again, it has a head but it’s like a rocket. Imagine something  going up like a rocket.
R: Is it going left?
S: It’s going left. So…
R: Okay.
Round: 23
i->k
Time: 9 seconds
Mistake count: 0
S: Rocket. Imagine a rocket going up.
Round: 86
j->k
Time: 5 seconds
Mistake count: 0
S: Rocket.
Cyclic, transparent communication in group composed of friends and strangers:
Round: 5
k->i
Time: 33 seconds
Mistake count: 0
S: In this picture, it’s like, the figure has a diagonal body. Both feet are in the air, she/ he looks as if she/he jumped while dancing, the head is inclined.
R: Err, like, the head is inclined and like, not touching the neck.
S: Yes... The body is like a diagonal.
R: Hmm, yes. The feet should be to my right and the head should be to my left.
S: Yes.
R: Then it must be this one.
S: Yes
Round: 19
k->i
Time: 45 seconds
Mistake count: 1
S: One foot is on the ground, one foot is in the air. The body is diagonal...
R: Mm hmm…
S: As if she/he is dancing. Like, as if it’s Michael Jackson. So like, the body is diagonal.  The arms aren’t visible.
R: Errr …
S: His/her feet...
R: Is there a backward protrusion from his/her waist?
S: There is, yes.
R: Is there a forward protrusion from the shoulder?
S: Not really.
R: The foot that’s on the ground isn’t flat, right? It’s diagonal…
S: No, it’s not flat, it’s sort of like on its toes.
S: No, that’s not the one. No, that’s not it. Both feet are close to the ground, only  one is in the air.
R: Is it the one with a diagonal body? The head… The head…
S: Yes, the body is diagonal.
R: The head doesn’t touch?
S: That’s right, it doesn’t touch.
R: Then this should be Michael Jackson.
Round: 26
k->i
Time: 7 seconds
Mistake count: 0
S: Michael Jackson... The diagonal one.
Round: 102
j->k
Time: 6 seconds
Mistake count: 0
S: Err, Michael Jackson.
  1. Note: Third person pronouns are un-gendered in Turkish. We use she/he and her/his where the subjects used a third person pronoun