Anterolateral system:

the blue lines above show the path of the tracts included in the anterolateral system.

the blue lines above show the path of the tracts included in the anterolateral system.

refers to a collection of ascending pathways that carry pain and temperature--as well as related touch--sensations from the spinal cord to the brainstem or thalamus. The anterolateral system is generally considered to contain the spinothalamic tract, spinoreticular tract, and spinomesencephalic tract.

Watch this 2-Minute Neuroscience video to learn more about the anterolateral system.