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Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, this ability is fundamental for human connection. What happens to empathy when the brain is damaged, specifically, with a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? This meta-analysis attempts to answer this question. Using PsycInfo and Medline, nine studies that compared a TBI group to a control group were located. These articles were coded, and the overall effect sizes were calculated. The results of this study revealed a medium effect size between TBI and empathy (d = -0.71). These results suggest that those with TBI have a lower capacity for empathy than those who do not have any type of brain disorder. This research provides evidence that TBI impacts empathy; The next step is to identify the areas of the brain that have been affected by TBI and analyze how each area individually impacts empathy.