According to a study conducted at the University of Missouri, practicing meditation can help cultivate selflessness. Neuropsychologists found that meditation helps people achieve spiritual transcendence, which is associated with acts of selflessness and helping others. Practicing meditation helps decrease activity in the right parietal lobe of the brain, a cerebral region connected to experiences of spiritual transcendence and selflessness. Religious practices such as prayer were found to have the same selflessness-causing effects as meditation. Researchers claim that regardless of culture or religion, anyone can practice meditation to achieve a transcendental state; they will all experience the same neurobiological processes that promote selflessness.