We empirically evaluated the effect of two staggering techniques on tracking tasks, focusing on cases that should most favour staggering. We found that introducing staggering has a negligible, or even negative, impact on multiple object tracking performance. The potential benefits of staggering may be outweighed by strong costs: a loss of common-motion grouping information about which objects travel in similar paths, and less predictability about when any specific object would begin to move. Staggering may be beneficial in some conditions, but they have yet to be demonstrated.

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Chevalier, F., Dragicevic, P. and Franconeri, S.
The Not So Staggering Effect of Staggered Animations
In IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (Proc. Infovis’14) 20(12):2241-2250.